Facility Rental FAQs

events faqs


Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding renting Birch Aquarium at Scripps for events. If you have additional questions please contact the Special Events Department via email or call 858-822-5439. 


Do I have to rent the entire facility, or is there an option to rent just part of it?

The Birch Aquarium is an exclusive venue that only hosts one event per evening.

When is set up?

Set up 4:30 p.m.. 

Is 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. enough time for my event?

Yes, four hours is ample time for most events held at Birch Aquarium. 

Can we extend the rental period?

Yes, we do offer an additional hour for an additional fee. Please contact the Special Events Department for details. 

Do you have exclusive catering companies?

Yes, the aquarium has vetted an extensive list of excellent caterers through a competitive Request for Proposal process. These are the only caterers authorized to serve at the aquarium and offer excellent food and exceptional service. The selection of caterers provides a variety of menus in a range of prices. Each is familiar with our facility and carries the necessary insurance and health permits. The caterers will provide you with food, labor, non- alcoholic beverages, tables, linens, chairs, flatware, etc. in their proposal to you. 

Are there any restrictions on decoration?

Yes, the following décor is not allowed: rice, birdseed, confetti, balloons, sand, shells, or marine life, including anything that was once living in the ocean. Man-made replica of marine life is allowed. All decor must be approved in advance before the event. 

Have additional questions? Please contact the Special Events Department via email or call 858-822-5439. 


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